animehunter's forum posts

#1 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

Sore point bring up this group after what happened to them I know but, I thought this cool enough to mention

Apparently, according to CBR, and seems to be TRUE

The theme song to Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends has lyrics!

I’m sure most of you are quite familiar with the theme song to the early 1980s animated series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends…

However, did you know that there were LYRICS to that song?

Composer Johnny Dougas wrote the song and later in 1981 (when the series debuted), he released a disco single of the theme song to the series, only with LYRICS!

You have to listen to it to appreciate the madness of it all…

I imagine that the lyrics were coined AFTER the music, but I could be wrong.

Check out Johnny Douglas’ Dulcima Records (Douglas passed away back in 2003, but his family is still running his company, Dulcima Records) for their page on the single, which includes a snippet of the B-SIDE of the song, which is the Firestar and Iceman theme (instrumental).

Amazing.

Thanks to David Gallaher for telling me(CBR) about this!

@punyparker

Online
#3 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

CBR Top 50 Comic Book Artists

50-41

  • 50. Paul Pope – 251 points (2 first place votes)
  • 49. Alex Toth – 252 (1 first place vote)
  • 48. Dave McKean – 254 (4 first place votes)
  • 47. Jaime Hernandez – 256 poonts (7 first place votes)
  • 46. Curt Swan – 188 (2) 260 votes (3 first place votes)
  • 45. Steve McNiven – 192 (1) 263 points (2 first place votes)
  • 44. Tim Sale – 180 (2) 270 points (3 first place votes)
  • 43. Ivan Reis – 272 points (4 first place votes)
  • 42. Carl Barks – 273 points (7 first place votes)
  • 41. Olivier Coipel – 302 points (10 first place votes)

40-31

  • 40. Joe Kubert – 307 points (6 first place votes)
  • 39. Barry Windsor-Smith – 319 points (3 first place votes)

  • 38. Chris Bachalo – 322 points (6 first place votes)

After making his debut with some Sandman work, Chris Bachalo became a star artist through a long run on Shade the Changing Man with writer Peter Milligan and inker Mark Buckinghma. There, Bachalo’s sense of wild design made him stand out from most artists – he has a manic energy to him but he is able to keep the story on point.

His early work with Buckingham, though, got to the point eventually where Buckingham’s style was almost overwhelming Bachalo, to the point where the initial samples I used from late in their Shade run could almost be seen as either artist, so I’ll instead go with some later Bachalo.

Bachalo left Shade for a prominent gig on a new X-title, Generation X. It was here where Buckingham and Bachalo parted ways and Bachalo got even more frenetic with his work. Bachalo has worked mostly for Marvel the past twenty years, especially in the X-Office, where he has had multiple stints on Uncanny X-Men (including launching the current Uncanny X-Men series) plus launching Wolverine and the X-Men. He also had a short stint as one of the regular artists on Amazing Spider-Man. It is here that I’ll use as a modern Bachalo sample, since it is a Spider-Man/Wolverine team-up, so you get the best of both worlds!

bachalo1-1

bachalo1-2

bachalo1-3

bachalo1-4

  • 37. Jim Aparo – 330 points (3 first place votes)

  • 36. Todd McFarlane – 339 points (8 first place votes)

One of the more surprising things to me about 2010’s list is that Todd McFarlane really did not do well in the voting. That corrected itself this year.

If you had to pick the three artists who most defined the look of Spider-Man, obviously Steve Ditko is one of them (since he, you know, created the look of Spider-Man) and then John Romita, for the changes he made to the book after he took over from Ditko that defined the look of Spider-Man for years, but Todd McFarlane is clearly the third. From the moment he took over Amazing Spider-Man with issue #298, the dynamic designs of McFarlane wowed comic book fans and literally changed how Spider-Man would be drawn from that point on.

From the little things (like drawing Spider-Man’s web line thicker) to the larger things (drawing Spider-Man as almost a contortionist in the air), McFarlane’s designs defined an entire generation of Spider-Man comic books.

Not just his character design work (which led to Venom becoming the breakout character that he was – without McFarlane’s design of Venom, with the spooky teeth, it is doubtful that Venom ever would have been so famous) but the way he laid out pages. He broke free of the traditional panel arrangement that most Spider-Man artists were using at the time and made the stories seem to fill to the edge of the page.

mcfarlane1

mcfarlane2

mcfarlane3

mcfarlane4

What people now forget is just how TIMELY McFarlane was on Amazing Spider-Man. There is a good chance that the momentum of his artwork would not have had as much of an impact if he wasn’t consistently delivering it on time. He penciled Amazing Spider-Man #298-323 without missing a single issue. Most remarkably about that run is that #300 was 40 pages and that #304-309 were BI-WEEKLY! In fact, it was only a second bi-weekly event that saw him miss his first issue of Amazing, as Erik Larsen stepped in to alternate issues with him for a few issues.

McFarlane then launched Spider-Man, which he wrote and drew, making it the highest-selling single comic book issue in the history of comics. He wrote and drew the book from #1-14 and then a finale in #16 when he left Marvel to launch Spawn for Image Comics.

  • 35. Gene Colan – 346 points (2 first place votes)
  • 34. Greg Capullo – 358 points (4 first place votes)
  • 33. David Aja – 371 points (1 first place vote)
  • 32. Dave Gibbons – 383 points (3 first place votes)
  • 31. Fiona Staples – 384 points (8 first place votes)

30-21

  • 30. John Cassaday – 391 points (6 first place votes)
  • 29. Bryan Hitch – 397 points (3 first place votes)

  • 28. Gil Kane – 408 points (3 first place votes)

For over FIFTY years, Gil Kane’s name was synonymous with top rate superhero artwork. If you were reading a Gil Kane comic book, you knew you were almost certainly going to get some great action inside your comic. That’s not he started out, of course, as originally he worked as a support artist as a teenager during the 1940s and worked his way up to becoming of one Julie Schwartz’s regulars during the 1950s on DC Comics’ science fiction comics. When Schwartz decided to launch new versions of the Golden Age superheros during the late 1950s, Gil Kane was right there to join in, drawing both the new Green Lantern and the new Atom for almost a decade.

In the late 1960s, Kane was wooed by Stan Lee to Marvel Comics. In the early 1970s, Kane began a stint on Amazing Spider-Man, including the death of Gwen Stacy, one of the most famous comic book stories of all-time…

artistkane1

artistkane2

artistkane3

artistkane4

Kane returned to DC in the 1980s for a strong run on Superman in Action Comics. He then continued to work here and there right until he passed away in 2000.

  • 27. Mike Allred – 410 points (7 first place votes)
  • 26. Brian Bolland – 445 points (8 first place votes)
  • 25. Stuart Immonen – 451 points (7 first place votes)
  • 24. Wallace Wood – 474 points (5 first place votes)
  • 23. Arthur Adams – 486 points (7 first place votes)
  • 22. Darwyn Cooke – 606 points (7 first place votes)
  • 21. Walter Simonson – 620 points (6 first place votes)

20-16 ,,,, 15-11

  • 20. Alan Davis – 622 (1 first place vote)
  • 19. Bill Sienkiewicz – 647 (16 first place votes)
  • 18. Jim Steranko – 661 (6 first place votes)

  • 17. John Romita Sr. – 675 points (8 first place votes)

While obviously Steve Ditko created Spider-Man’s look, it was Romita’s slight re-designs that made Spider-Man the global icon that he remains to this day. Ditko’s Peter Parker was a thin, frail fellow. Romita Sr. turned Peter into a heartthrob. Ditko’s girls…well…they weren’t exactly gorgeous. Romita’s girls? Well, as we see in one of the most memorable moments in Marvel history (from Amazing Spider-Man #42)

It was Romita’s designs that inspired Stan Lee to give the youth of the book center stage. In addition, Romita’s Spider-Man went from being the lithe, angular guy that he was during Ditko’s time to being a full, powerful superhero in the Jack Kirby mold.

This take on Spider-Man is the one that was marketed to the moon by Marvel in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Romita’s Spider-Man was THE face of Spider-Man in licensed products until pretty much the last decade or so (when Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man became the licensed version of Spider-Man – and Bagley’s Spider-Man owes a lot to Romita’s. Bagley’s Spidey is sort of a cross between Romita’s and McFarlane’s).

Romita’s run went from #39-88, 93-95, 106-119 plus a number of fill-ins since then and his presence as an inker was on pretty much all of Gil Kane’s issues, so Romita was there even when he was not penciling). And when Romita left the book an an INTERIOR artist, he remained as the cover artist for years to come. Basically, Romita’s Spider-Man was THE Spider-Man for decades.

Romita knew how to design pages in a way to get the most powerful imagery imaginable. This led to a number of iconic sequences in his issues. Here is one of his most famous ones, from Amazing Spider-Man #50…

Romita served as Marvel’s art director, as well, for two decades.

  • 16. David Mazzucchelli – 732 (18 first place votes)
  • 15. John Buscema – 739 points (11 first place votes)

  • 14. John Romita Jr. – 741 points (13 first place votes)

John Romita Jr. is currently doing a bang-up job drawing Superman with writer Geoff Johns. This is significant because it is the first ongoing series Romita Jr. has EVER drawn for a company other than Marvel (outside his creator-owned series he did for Image in 2004, The Grey Area, but was that originally intended to be an ongoing?). After starting with a short story in a Spider-Man annual in the late 1970s, Romita Jr. soon made the journey throughout the world of Marvel with a stunning mixture of prominent comic book series.

He burst on to the scene with a great run on Iron Man with Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He then switched over to Amazing Spider-Man with Roger Stern before moving up to Uncanny X-Men with Chris Claremont. He remained on X-Men for a while before he was personally chosen to be the artistic face of the New Universe by launching Star Brand. He then moved on to a long run on Daredevil with Ann Nocenti before doing stints on Cable and Punisher War Zone and a short-lived return to Uncanny X-Men. He settled in with Howard Mackie for a long run on Spider-Man, staying on the book when J. Michael Straczysnki joined. During this stint, he also had a nice run on Thor with Dan Jurgens and Hulk with Bruce Jones. After his Spider-Man run ended (after roughly 100 issues), he did an arc on Wolverine with Mark Millar, launched Eternals with Neil Gaiman and brought Hulk’s war to Earth with Greg Pak in World War Hulk. He then created the hit series Kick-Ass with Mark Millar. He then re-launched Avengers with Brian Michael Bendis and then relaunched Captain America with Rick Remender. Man, this guy just did EVERYthing!

And Marvel (and now DC) is certainly lucky to have him as he is one of the top storytelling artists out there. Check out this awesome action sequence from the classic Spider-Man fight against the Juggernaut from Amazing Spider-Man #230…

jrjrartist1

jrjrartist2

jrjrartist3

jrjrartist4

jrjrartist5

jrjrartist6

Amazing. His character work is different now, buy his page designs are the same and they’re still excellent.

  • 13. Will Eisner – 787 points (21 first place votes)
  • 12. Mike Mignola – 833 points (15 first place votes)
  • 11. Moebius – 920 points (28 first place votes)

10-07 ,,,, 06-04 ,,,, 03-01

  • 10. Frank Miller – 1109 points (7 first place votes)
  • 09. Alex Ross – 1159 points (33 first place votes)
  • 08. J.H. Williams III – 1193 points (28 first place votes)

  • 07. Steve Ditko – 1354 points (21 first place votes)

During the early 1960s, there were a few different artists working at Marvel Comics, but really, it was Jack Kirby and it was Steve Ditko. They were routinely taking fairly mundane science fiction and fantasy stories and giving them a lot more panache than they deserved (like our latest Silver Age Christmas story!).

When Stan Lee slowly turned the company into a superhero comic book company again, Kirby and Ditko were given the chance to tell long form stories for the first time in years.

Ditko complied with the design of Spider-Man, one of the greatest superhero designs of all-time. Steve Ditko is one of the all-time great superhero/supervillain designers, coming up with a variety of costumes that are basically used today to the TEE. Spider-Man has had another costume, but really, the blue and the red costume is what he wears in the comics today and in all of the media adaptations (although the new movie is slightly different). And 50 years later, it is still that same Ditko design. Characters like Elektro, Vulture and Mysterio have gone through various looks but they always return to that awesome Ditko design.

Green Goblin, Kraven, Fancy Dan, the list goes on of iconic character looks that Ditko created.

But not only that, Ditko is a brilliant sequential storyteller, able to pack in SO much story into every issue of Amazing Spider-Man. These things are like freaking TOMES! The origin of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy is, like, a page and a half (okay, 11 pages) and Ditko makes it feel like it is seven issues long. The same continued in his run on Amazing Spider-Man. He packed SO much story into every issue while never making the panels boring.

Also, he could tell so much just by his art. The classic “lifting machinery” scene from Amazing Spider-Man #33 can be told pretty much solely through the artwork.

Meanwhile, over on Doctor Strange, Ditko was coming up with ideas so stunning and visuals so daring that they were unlike anything ever shown before in a superhero comic book series. Check out this stunning sequence from one of Ditko’s last issues on the title…

ditkoartist1

ditkoartist2

ditkoartist3

ditkoartist4

ditkoartist5

ditkoartist6

Back in the day, these were key exhibits in the argument that “comics weren’t just for kids!”

  • 06. Jim Lee – 1510 points (37 first place votes)
  • 05. Neal Adams – 1520 points (26 first place votes)
  • 04. John Byrne – 1637 points (27 first place votes)
  • 03. George Perez – 1907 points (52 first place votes)
  • 02. Frank Quitely – 2553 points (92 first place votes)
  • 01. Jack Kirby – 3859 points (200 first place votes)
Online
#4 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

CBR Top 50 Comic Book Writers

50-41

  • 50. Daniel Clowes – 199 points (2 first place votes)
  • 49. James Robinson – 202 points (1 first place vote)
  • 48. Kieron Gillen – 213 points (3 first place votes)
  • 47. Jaime Hernandez – 216 points
  • 46. art spiegelman – 224 points (2 first place votes)
  • 45. Dave Sim – 231 points (3 first place votes)
  • 44. Keith Giffen – 260 points (2 first place votes)
  • 43. Carl Barks – 308 points (13 first place votes)
  • 42. Mike Mignola – 322 points (1 first place vote)
  • 41. Gail Simone – 354 points (3 first place votes)

40-31

  • 40. Dan Slott – 355 points (1 first place vote)

Despite writing comics since the early 1990s (with great work on licensed humor titles like Ren and Stimpy and Beavis and Butthead), Dan Slott has become a lot more famous in the world of comics since taking over writing duties on Amazing Spider-Man in 2008 (first as one of the Spider-Man team of writers who launched Brand New Day in Amzing Spider-Man #546 and later the sole writer of Spider-Man with Amazing Spider-Man #648.

Slott also pulled off quite a feat when he had Peter Parker be replaced as Spider-Man for over a year by Doctor Octopus and have the resulting storyline, Superior Spider-Man, work out really really well.

Slott’s best traits on Amazing Spider-Man have been the way that he follows in the strong suit of past Spider-Man writers of mixing action-packed adventures with character-driven stories in a blend that feels like a natural extenuation of whatever is going on in the book at that time. So a big event where everyone on Manhattan gets Spider-powers is personalized by the fact that Peter Parker’s girlfriend has the powers, too, and it leads her to figure out that Peter has been lying to her about his secret identity. Or, in one of the strongest one-shot issues of Slott’s run, Amazing Spider-Man #665, we see the trade-off for Spider-Man and Peter Parker both becoming so successful (Spider-Man being on two Avengers teams and the Future Foundation and Peter now becoming a successful designer at a think tank reverse-engineering the gadgets he creates as Spider-Man into useful technology for everyday life), which is that he is too busy for people like his closest friends. So when Betty Brant is assaulted after Peter stands her up for a standing movie date, Peter vows revenge (naturally) but what does that look like to his friends and family? Peter is out finding Betty’s assailant, but to everyone else, he is not there for Betty when she needs it the most. Aunt May calls him and reads him the riot act and brings up something shocking to Peter, that the way SHE recalls the night of Ben Parker’s death, she just remembers Peter running away when she needed him the most.

Daaaaang. See? Now that’s some character-driven twist right there. And that’s the sort of approach Slott takes to his whole Amazing Spider-Man run, you never know exactly how he will zig or zag on any given plot point/character interaction. It makes reading Amazing Spider-Man a true roller coaster ride of never knowing where he will be headed. And when he slows down for the character-heavy stuff, he nails it, like Peter’s reaction to the death of J. Jonah Jameson’s wife, which was essentially “one death too many” for Peter. Peter vows that he will not let anyone die. And naturally, that cannot work out long term, so seeing him deal with it when it DOESN’T is powerful.

And, of course, Slott knows how to bring the funny. He is bringing much of those same mix of qualities to his current run on Silver Surfer.

SLott’s first major Spider-Man work was a Spider-Man/Human Torch mini-series with Ty Templeton that was excellent. Here are some pages from that series that show prime Slott…

slott1

slott2

slott3

slott4

  • 39. Walter Simonson – 357 points (9 first place votes)
  • 38. Jeff Lemire – 358 points (1 first place vote)

  • 37. J.M. DeMatteis – 360 points (5 first place votes)

Few comic book writers are quite as dedicated to the inner workings of the human mind as J.M. DeMatteis. His works have consistently explored the inner depths of the human condition, often in ways that did not exactly scream out as being obvious at the time. For instance, likely his most famous work deals with the depression and then manic breakdown of an old Spider-Man villain, Kraven the Hunter, who had almost become a joke by the time DeMatteis wrote Kraven’s Last Hunt. In it, Spider-Man underestimates Kraven and is nearly killed. Instead, he is buried alive while Kraven takes over as Spider-Man, proving himself to be (in his mind) a superior Spider-man.

Spider-Man’s eventual escape was another journey to the mind of someone, this time Peter Parker…

marvelmoments66a

marvelmoments66b

Similarly, DeMatteis wrote a classic stretch of stories spotlighting the slow descent of Harry Osborn into madness beginning with the Child Within storyline in Spectacular Spider-Man, where we see just how badly emotionally abused Harry was by his father Norman (a few years later, DeMatteis would re-visit this idea in a Spectacular Spider-Man Annual where Spider-Man relives Harry and Norman’s childhoods). Meanwhile, the fact that Harry knew Peter’s secret identity was being used by Harry torment his best friend…now his enemy.

Things seemed to come to a fever pitch in #189…

Also similarly, DeMatteis wrote a classic story of the Joker dealing with seemingly killing Batman and then, well, “Going Sane.”

DeMatteis is not just concerned with madness, though, of course. In Moonshadow, we see a wonderful coming of age tale. Or in “The Gift” (aka the death of Aunt May) we were treated to one of the best handlings of death in a superhero comic book that you’ll ever see.

All of this doesn’t even TOUCH on his wonderful work on the off-kilter superhero stories of Keith Giffen in Justice League International, where DeMatteis’ dialogue brought characters like Blue Beetle and Booster Gold and Maxwell Lord fully to life. He and Giffen continue their great partnership on Justice League 3000, which has been a good book.

  • 36. John Ostrander – 362 points (3 first place votes)
  • 35. Steve Englehart – 363 points (4 first place votes)
  • 34. Jim Starlin – 386 points (1 first place vote)
  • 33. Rick Remender – 407 points (3 first place votes)
  • 32. Peter Milligan – 431 points (4 first place votes)
  • 31. Scott Snyder – 437 points (10 first place votes)

30-21

  • 30. Robert Kirkman – 453 points (3 first place votes)
  • 29. Brian Azzarello – 463 points (2 first place vote)
  • 28. Steve Gerber – 470 points (7 first place votes)
  • 27. Mark Millar – 483 points (6 first place votes)
  • 26. Marv Wolfman – 498 points (3 first place votes)
  • 25. Will Eisner – 504 points (8 first place votes)
  • 24. Jason Aaron – 512 points (3 first place votes)
  • 23. Greg Rucka – 547 points (4 first place votes)
  • 22. Matt Fraction – 550 points (2 first place votes)
  • 21. John Byrne – 564 points (5 first place votes)

20-16 ,,,, 15-11

  • 20. Jonathan Hickman – 588 points (5 first place votes)
  • 19. Denny O’Neil – 612 points (11 first place votes)

  • 18. Roger Stern – 629 points (8 first place votes)

I think the best attribute in Roger Stern’s work is his heart. His stories tend to be rooted in the decency of heroes – his heroes have HEART, as it were. His Captain America has an interesting reaction to having to kill a vampire (as well as possibly running for elected office), one of the best scenes in his legendary “Under Siege” storyline in Avengers are those where we see the facade behind Captain America crumble a bit when he loses his only photo of his mother. When Stern left Marvel for DC, he brought that style with him to the Superman titles.

Speaking of “heart,” here is “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man,” where Spidey visits his biggest fan (SPOILERS AHEAD! Just skip these images if you don’t want to be spoiled on a comic that is nearly 30 years old).

sternwriter1

sternwriter2

sternwriter3

sternwriter4

Stern was an editor before he began to write a bunch of books for Marvel, and those skills allowed him to pretty seamlessly work his various books together.

  • 17. Roy Thomas – 644 points (15 first place votes)
  • 16. Jack Kirby – 804 points (23 first place votes)
  • 15. Kurt Busiek – 881 points (17 first place votes)
  • 14. Peter David – 890 points (13 first place votes)

  • 13. Brian Michael Bendis – 981 points (11 first place votes)

It is kind of funny, we’re all so used to it now because he has become such a successful and omnipresent fixture in the world of comic books, but man, Brian Michael Bendis’ dialogue REALLY stands out. It’s his trademark and it is really most likely the best thing about any given Bendis comic book. It is powerful, it is bold, it is practically poetic while it also naturalistic and believable. A particular approach Bendis does that I like a lot is when he uses the dialogue to both set up a scene and also to set up how outlandish it is, so it is a winking admission that the scene as shown is going to be kind of out there, but in a good way.

Here’s an example from his excellent series Jinx, about a bounty hunter who falls in love with a con man. This is the introduction of Jinx in the series…

bendiswriter1

bendiswriter2

bendiswriter3

bendiswriter4

bendiswriter5

bendiswriter6

That’s so Bendis and it is so compelling.

By the way, as an aside, years before there were as many strong female characters in comics as there are today (and obviously there could easily be even more), Bendis was big on cool female characters – Jinx, Jessica Jones, Deena Pilgrim, Ultimate Aunt May and Ultimate Mary Jane Watson are all very strong characters.

After cutting his teeth on creator-owned indie comics (that he drew himself), Bendis began to branch into mainstream work with a stint on Sam and Twitch for Todd McFarlane and then he used his distinct style on the Ultimate reluanch of Spider-Man. His superhero work was so popular that he was slowly brought into more superhero work. First Daredevil, which was a noir-ish book, so it perfectly fit Bendis’ independent works, but then as time went by, Bendis began doing more prominent superheroes works, first by launching the best-selling New Avengers revamp of the Avengers , which he stuck with for nearly a decade and currently writing the revamped X-Men titles.

  • 12. Ed Brubaker – 1121 points (15 first place votes)
  • 11. Garth Ennis – 1170 points (17 first place votes)

10-7 ,,,, 6-4 ,,,, 3-1

  • 10. Geoff Johns – 1182 points (12 first place votes)
  • 09. Mark Waid – 1420 points (15 first place votes)
  • 08. Brian K. Vaughan – 1628 points (27 first place votes)
  • 07. Warren Ellis – 1649 points (29 first place votes)
  • 06. Chris Claremont – 2181 points (53 first place votes)

  • 05.Stan Lee – 2234 points (85 first place votes)

Stan Lee started working for Timely Comics in the early 1940s, ultimately becoming Editor-in-Chief, a title he would hold for the next thirty years (not counting a brief stint in the military during World War II).

Lee practically was a one-man writing crew for Timely Comics during the 1950s, when they changed their name to Atlas Comics. By the 1960s, he and his skeletal crew of artists had devised a fairly novel way of writing comics. Lee would come up with a plot and talk it over with the artist – the artist would draw the story based on the plot and then Lee would script over the drawings. That was the process put in place when the company became known as Marvel Comics, and Lee wrote a few comic books that you might have heard of (working with artists you might have heard of like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko).

Like the return of Captain America (with Jack Kirby)…

How much of a stunning example of Captain America’s coolness is that? He wakes up twenty years in the future and he basically just has a quick freak out and then he pulls a Fonzie and suddenly he’s totally calm.

Then, for good measure, he’s like, “Hey, bunch of powerful looking folks I just met, I bet I can kick all of your asses.” And then he pretty much DOES JUST THAT!

So amazing.

And Spider-Man’s greatest triumph (with Steve Ditko). This scene is so famous that it has spawned a multitude of imitators. It is hard to ever beat the original, though. Spider-Man manages to get the serum that can save a dying Aunt May’s life, but he’s trapped under a pile of machinery in a leaking underground base of Doctor Octopus and even if he were to somehow get out of this particular situation, Octopus left behind a squadron of guards to kill him. Things look hopeless, but then Spider-Man thinks about what will happen to Aunt May if he lets her down or what Uncle ben would say and, well, he gets an extra reserve of strength…

marvelmoments6a

marvelmoments6b

And those are just two of the most famous comics scripted by Stan Lee! He scripted a TON of other classic Marvel Comics, which makes sense, since he scripted pretty much every other Marvel Comic until 1966 or so and even then he continued on the books he really wanted to write (Spider-Man and Fantastic Four) into the 1970s. He continued to oversee the direction of Marvel Comics for a number of years after that. Since the late 1970s, Lee has been more involved in other aspects of the entertainment business (most notably Marvel Animation and TV projects), but he has found the time to write a ton of comics over the years. Even to this day, Lee, who is a week away from his NINETY-SECOND birthday, occasionally writes a comic here and there. He’s a national treasure (as an aside, I never realized that Stan Lee was the same age as my grandfather. My grandfather just celebrated his SEVENTIETH class reunion of the United States Merchant Marines Class of 1944. Here‘s something my grandfather wrote a couple of years back about the Merchant Marines. It’s actually kind of a bleak article, so be forewarned!).

  • 04. Frank Miller – 2333 points (27 first place votes)
  • 03. Neil Gaiman – 2789 points (53 first place votes)
  • 02. Grant Morrison – 4689 points (216 first place votes)
  • 01. Alan Moore – 4788 points (224 first place votes)
Online
#5 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio
Online
#6 Edited by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio
Online
#7 Edited by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

@punyparker

TO ALL ON THE THREAD, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

http://www.herogohome.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/AmazingSpiderMan166MerryChristmas.jpghttp://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Merry-Christmas-christmas-465665_800_600.jpg

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11113/111137597/3824177-marvel-christmas-spiderman-wolverine-3.jpghttp://api.ning.com/files/7TcBzbi1eXohTNzyH8NN8fijVhsl8nLk3qwGzYJYZtgSlhzT63qNuNW7SQKEoL*ldJ6YCI56GOxVVca7aPrs2osa8zi0Id*l/ChristmasSpidey.jpg

Online
#9 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-Man and the X-Men #3 variant by Declan Shalvey

http://i.newsarama.com/images/i/000/140/994/original/Spider-Man_and_the_X-Men_3_Shalvey.jpg

Online
#10 Posted by animehunter (2307 posts) - - Show Bio

@kittyparker13: Hi kitty, wanted to catch up and see how things are. have you caught up with Korra (Which just ended, I'm sure you've seen all the talk regarding the ending) and Seirei no Moribito

I just finished the 2nd season of Psycho Pass, love it, can't wait for the movie.

@darling_luna:Based on your Avatar image, have you seen the latest regarding the last episode ending scene of Legend of Korra, if so, thoughts.

Only click if you have seen the last episode

Online